Sweden beats Australia 3-1 to reach semifinals
Lotta Schelin scored one goal and set up another Sunday as
Sweden beat Australia 3-1 to reach the semifinals at the women’s
Having set up Therese Sjogran for the opening goal in the 11th
minute, Schelin made the match safe in the 52nd to set off the
players’ traditional Swedish dancing celebrations.
Schelin capitalized on a poor back pass from Kim Carroll, took
one touch past goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri before slotting the ball
into the unguarded net.
”There is a fantastic atmosphere in our team and we pulled each
other through,” said Schelin, the player of the game.
The result means Sweden also qualifies for the London Olympics
Sjogran set up Lisa Dahlkvist for Sweden’s second goal in the
16th in front of 24,605 fans, before Ellyse Perry briefly gave
Australia hope with a stunning effort in the 40th.
Japan upset host Germany in another quarterfinal and will play
Sweden on Wednesday. Brazil plays the United States in Sunday’s
”Now we have to concentrate on winning against Japan. We don’t
have very good memories of playing against them,” Sweden coach
Dennerby said. ”Our players will work hard to go one step
Appearing in its first quarterfinal, Australia started
cautiously against the 2003 runner-up and was almost caught out
when Schelin missed a chance in the sixth minute when she failed to
capitalize on a weak back pass from Servet Uzunlar.
Barbieri had to react to punch Sara Thunebro’s cross away from
the approaching Schelin shortly afterward, but the Sweden stiker
made her mark minutes later.
After great work on the left wing, Schelin took the ball past
Perry before cutting it back for Sjogran, who beat Barbieri at the
Sjogran, playing in her 172nd game for Sweden, was blocked from
close range minutes later.
Australia threatened only from set pieces and its defense
couldn’t deal with the intelligent running and quick passing of the
Five minutes after the first goal, Dahlkvist rose unopposed to
head in Sjogran’s cross from close range.
Josefine Oqvist should have made it 3-0 in the 21st, but she was
unable direct Schelin’s cross on target. Schelin then fired over
the bar as Sweden continued cutting through the Australian
Australia tried hard to find a response but was let down by the
final ball more than once. A free kick in the 32nd came to nothing
after Heather Garriock sent a cross to where nobody was
Caitlin Foord’s persistence earned a corner, however, and when
the ball came to Perry on the edge of the area, her shot into the
top left corner gave Australia a lifeline before the interval.
Schelin took it away again, taking advantage of a terrible back
pass at the second time of asking to make the game safe.
”Unfortunately, we made too many simple mistakes,” Australia
coach Tom Sermanni said. ”After their last goal it was extremely
Despite the setback, Australia tried to rally again – Kyah Simon
heading wide, and De Vanna dragging her shot – but it simply didn’t
have the quality nor experience to deny Sweden another semifinal
”We’re very satisfied,” Dennerby said.
Sweden: Hedvig Lindahl, Charlotte Rohlin, Annica Svensson (Lina
Nilsson, 92), Sara Thunebro, Sara Larsson, Caroline Seger, Therese
Sjogran, Lisa Dahlkvist, Lotta Schelin, Josefine Oqvist (Madelaine
Edlund, 83), Linda Forsberg (Nilla Fischer, 67).
Australia: Melissa Barbieri, Kim Carroll, Ellyse Perry (Tameka
Butt, 59), Elise Kellond-Knight, Servet Uzunlar, Emily Van Egmond
(Clare Polkinghorne, 58), Collette McCallum (Sally Shipard, 79),
Caitlin Foord, Lisa De Vanna, Kyah Simon.
Referee: Silvia Reyes, Peru.